Culture Calendar: 17 Things to Do This November

What to do, watch, see, and read this month.

Courtesy Sotheby's
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Nov. 1-10: “Bowie/Collector” in London

Plenty of celebrities collect art as a hobby—a show of wealth, or an attempt to communicate sophisticated taste. David Bowie was not one of these, having applied the same all-encompassing attitude he used to create music to form an astounding visual art collection, accumulated over a lifetime. Ranging from modern masters like Basquiat, Hirst, Duchamp, and Auerbach to historic pieces by the likes of Tintoretto to contemporary African work, outsider pieces, and designs by Ettore Sottsass and the influential Memphis Group, the variety and quality rivals that of plenty of museums. Before a three-part sale at Sotheby’s auctions off more than 350 works, Bowie’s adoring, still-grieving public has the opportunity to view his collection all together. As if one genius catalog wasn’t enough. 34-35 New Bond St., London; sothebys.com.